"Why do you have so many guitars?"

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I've mentioned a few times that we're doing a pre-move purge at the house getting ready to downsize.
I've spent the last few months ridding myself of "stuff". I can't tell you how many things I've stumbled across in that process that were "why the hell did I buy that" head shakers. My goal is to no longer have a "collection" of anything. The questioning of my past habits has made me re-think the process somewhat on this current habit. Time will tell how successful I'll be.

I've been there , and I understand exactly how you feel . several years ago I purged myself of almost everything I owned __ just to escape the madness of being The Keeper of Things . I sold off several different types of collections that would never be " complete "

I have 12 guitars now , and my wife ( who I've been trying to get to play for a couple of years now ) asked me the same question posted in the title of this thread . so one day , I sat her down and explained the different voices that they all had . to my surprise , she started to gain interest in the acoustics . now she's using some of them , and I have to admit that a burden has been lifted from my shoulders . less guilt in having so many , when they can be shared . . .

I do like having so many . musical instruments seem to fall outside of the question " Do I have too many ? " . someday I can see myself coming to that conclusion , but for now . they are family
 

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Its a hobby. I love parts and creating something . My friends spend a ton shit more on Golf. I used to sell one for each I purchased , but now alot are home grown and they become like children.
 

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I was going to mention that my wife gets it and defend the statements below, but it just read as pretentious as shit, so I'll just shut up.
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Not to put a hole in everyone's bucket, but lets be completely honest about this for just a minute, gentlemen...

We either had them before we met our wives/girlfriends, or the wives/girlfriend gifted us one, or allowed us to purchase them. Even if you told her that you were gonna buy something, had she said "Like hell you are buying a guitar when we need a new refrigerator!" you would have bought a fridge.

You know it's true, so don't deny it.
I had 2 when I met her (currently 40+). We each have our own money. There is nothing to deny because it did not go down that way.

The right woman solves many issues before they happen!
 

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I had someone say this about my music collection (CDs, vinyl, and yes, even tons of cassettes; I'm old).

"Why have so many? You can only listen to one at a time."

Ok, I guess you must choose one album then to last you your lifetime and never listen to anything else.
 

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Probably a VERY over-priced historic with every mod and matching plastic bit available.
*chuckling*

I have two good historics that are two of my favourite players. Never had any desire to mod them. I never quite got why people call in the
repairmen when something isn't broken.
 

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*chuckling*

I have two good historics that are two of my favourite players. Never had any desire to mod them. I never quite got why people call in the
repairmen when something isn't broken.
They are great guitars as they're built, I don't get the modding thing either.
 

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They are great guitars as they're built, I don't get the modding thing either.
I only ever really modded one guitar---my 67RI Flying V with the special paint job. And that was of necessity---she came with aftermarket
pickups (Dragon IIs, if I remember right) and those kept shorting out, and I wasn't wild about their sound, so I swapped those out for a
pair of P94s, since I'd always been impressed by a V I once heard with P90s, and the sound was to die for. (I've made a couple of cosmetic
changes to a couple of guitars but that's not quite the same thing.)
 

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To which you should reply: "Why do you have so many pairs of shoes, so many different types/colors of makeup, and so many differents styles of "lingerie"?".

Seriously, though. Some people (especially, non-players) just don't/won't get it.

I have 7 guitars, 6 of which are electric. 3 with HB's (2 LPs, and a Squier M-80), 2 with SC's (Hamer Pacer, Kent Americana), and 1 with SSH combo (Alverez Dana II). Every one of them sounds completely different.
 

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I have "so many guitars" because I have been on a "tone search" for almost 60 years and kept trying and buying guitars in search for "the tone". Stupid me! I finally learned that I should be looking for amps -- not more guitars.
 

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I had someone say this about my music collection (CDs, vinyl, and yes, even tons of cassettes; I'm old).

"Why have so many? You can only listen to one at a time."

Ok, I guess you must choose one album then to last you your lifetime and never listen to anything else.
well . even though you have ten fingers . it's so easy to send a message with just one
 

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In all honesty, literally no one has ever asked me to justify anything I own.
If anyone ever did, I would not dignify such a question with a response
 

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I have a lot of guitars because it feeds my passion for music and guitar, for which otherwise I seem to get no food at all.
 

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I bought the '14 LPMM because I had no electric guitars.
I bought the '13 '50s Tribute because it was dirt cheap.
I bought the Tele because I didn't have a Tele.
I bought the '17 Tribute T because I wanted a guitar with humbuckers.
I bought the Mustang because I wanted a guitar with a vibrato arm.
I bought the Squier bass because I wanted a bass.

I still want a new Gibson dreadnought.
I still want a Jazzmaster.
 

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I had someone say this about my music collection (CDs, vinyl, and yes, even tons of cassettes; I'm old).
Old? You want old? I recently saw where Best Buy and Target are actually going to stop selling CD's due to lack of overall sales!! I remember 8 tracks. Reminds me of the post I saw recently that shows a couple of >10 year old's or so, saying "Tell us again, Grandpa, about the old days when you had to buy the whole album even if you only wanted one song."
 




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